Wednesday’s Stu­dent Employ­ment Fair served as a home­coming for North­eastern alumni Ineudira Bar­bosa and Heather Bir­chall. Both did one of their co-​​ops at the Chelsea Housing Authority, where they now work full-​​time.

They joined rep­re­sen­ta­tives from about 70 employers who par­tic­i­pated in the annual fair, which was orga­nized by the Stu­dent Employ­ment Office and held in the Curry Stu­dent Center’s indoor quad.

We actu­ally had a lot of interest, which is great,” said Bar­bosa, noting she and Bir­chall would not be working at the Housing Authority if not for their co-​​op.

The job fair was one of many Wel­come Week events planned for stu­dents’ return to campus. “It was very suc­cessful,” said Anthony Erwin, dean of Stu­dent Finan­cial Ser­vices. “We already got feed­back from the employers, which was all positive.”

Both on– and off-​​campus employers par­tic­i­pated in the fair, with Macy’s, CVS, and UBurger sharing space with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Northeastern’s Ath­letics Depart­ment, admis­sions office, and others. There were also work study and non-​​work study opportunities.

Com­puter sci­ence grad­uate stu­dent Brinal Pereira arrived at the event primed to explore the oppor­tu­ni­ties for tech­nical jobs. Another job seeker, first-​​year stu­dent first-​​year stu­dent Brian Knowles, was on the lookout for a range of oppor­tu­ni­ties. “This is a chance to explore some pretty inter­esting jobs,” he said.

Knowles vis­ited the fair with fellow first-​​year stu­dent Justin Jura­novits, both of whom received infor­ma­tion from ENE Sys­tems, a tem­per­a­ture con­trol com­pany based in Canton, Mass. Knowles said get­ting a job like the ones offered at the fair would help build his real-​​world experience—a sig­na­ture com­po­nent of Northeastern’s expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tional model, rooted in its century-​​old co-​​op pro­gram. Stu­dents take part in co-​​op and other expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­ni­ties in 93 coun­tries worldwide.

This year was the first time Vic­torinox Swiss Army, which has a store in Boston, attended the fair. Albania Gon­zalez, human resources man­ager for Vic­torinox, said the com­pany was eager to interact with North­eastern stu­dents at the event; one stu­dent already works there part-​​time.

”We had a lot of good con­ver­sa­tions with stu­dents,” Gon­zalez said. “We are really looking for people who are out­going, because that is what cus­tomer ser­vice is.”